RTX 3070 vs RX 6700 XT – Which One Should You Choose?

The RTX 3070 and RX 6700 XT are currently one of the most attractive offers on the GPU market solely because of their amazing price-to-performance ratio. Both of them are fairly priced while running cool and quiet. There really are no downsides to these cards.

However, since both of them are so good and similar in performance, how can you know which one should you get? The battle between AMD and Nvidia is still ongoing whether it is between raw performance or useful features.

We have looked through tons of information including benchmarks, user reviews, and features to help you finalize your decision.

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Features

NVIDIA vs AMD GPUs

The first thing you’ll want to know before making this decision is which brand you should go for. Understanding where AMD or Nvidia is better may ease the decision-making process.

Currently, the most trendy features are the cards’ ray-tracing capabilities and upscaling solutions.

DLSS

DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling solution that takes lower resolution images and upscales them to a higher resolution. This technology is used to provide users with more FPS while maintaining visual quality.

In most video game titles, DLSS comes with several options. Quality, Balanced, and Performance modes. The Quality mode offers visual quality similar to native resolution with a fair increase in FPS. Balanced offers a balance between performance and image quality. Performance provides the user with the largest FPS boost, but the loss in image quality may not be worth it.

In game DLSS on and DLSS off
In-game comparison of DLSS on and off – Deliver Us The Moon.

Overall, DLSS is an amazing piece of technology providing RTX users with a “free” FPS boost.

However, even after several years since its release, not a lot of games support this feature, so that is something to keep in mind.

FSR

AMD’s alternative to DLSS is also here called FSR or FidelityFX Super Resolution. This feature is also quite young, so game support is pretty low.

 At launch, FSR started with support in 7 different games including Anno 1800, Evil Genius 2, Terminator Resistance, Godfall, Kingshunt, The Riftbreaker, and 22 Racing Series.

Not exactly the most popular titles, but anything is welcome.

AMD performance chart with GPUs
AMD’s official performance chart with a number of GPUs.

Here are some games that are expected to launch with FSR or will get an update soon: DOTA 2, FarCry6, Resident Evil VII: Village, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodhunt, and several more.

AMD also announced several studios that have partnered to implement FSR. For example, Electronic Arts, Valve, Gearbox, Rebellion, Frostbite, Unity, Warner Bros, and many more.

The reason why a lot of studios are becoming a part of this new upscaling solution is probably that the implementation process is incredibly simple. At least, easier than implementing DLSS.

However, there’s one more thing to consider. FSR is not dedicated to AMD GPUs only. In fact, it is possible to use FSR with an RTX 3070 while using DLSS on an RX 6700 XT is impossible.

Although AMD cards will probably see better performance gains because of driver optimizations.

Ray Tracing

rtxon vs rtxoff

Ray tracing on the other hand hinders a game’s frames to bring much more immersive and realistic graphics. For ray tracing, GPUs need hardware dedicated exactly for that process.

At the time of writing, Nvidia’s hardware (RT Cores) are much more efficient and powerful than AMD’s hardware (Ray Accelerators.)

But, it should be considered that AMD is still quite new in the ray-tracing sector, so further driver and game optimizations could balance things out.

Performance

The most crucial factor of every GPU is its performance. We’re all looking to the best out of our budget. Since these two GPUs are priced very closely, we can compare them directly.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, the RX 6700XT is about 10% to 11% slower than the 3070, placing it much closer to the 3060 Ti instead. So, it is a clear win here for the 3070.

Watch Dogs Legion benchmark
Watch Dogs: Legion benchmark Source: Hardware Unboxed.

Since Watch Dogs seems to favor Nvidia GPUs, let’s have a look at an AMD title. Specifically, Godfall.

At 1440p, maxed out, the RX 6700 XT is 17% faster than the 3070 and it is closer to the RTX 3080 based on several benchmarks.

We can see the same kind of behavior in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla which is another AMD optimized title, beating the RTX 3070 by 14% at 1440p.

Watch Dogs Legion benchmark
Watch Dogs: Legion benchmark. Source: Hardware Unboxed.

But, that’s where the reign of the RX 6700 XT ends because in several other titles, including Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, Hitman 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbox Six Siege the RTX 3070 is at least 10% faster.

After comparing several different titles, overall the RX 6700 XT is 3% slower than the RTX 3070 at 1080p. That performance gap increases by a small margin if you bump up the resolution to 1440p.

Such a small difference in FPS may not be enough to make your decision.

Fortunately, there are a few more factors we can have a look at.

Thermals/Power Consumption

How To Monitor Your GPU Temperature

Since performance isn’t the deciding factor between these two GPUs, it may be a good idea to have a look at the temperatures, noise, and power consumption.

Looking at the TDP of the cards, we’ll see they are identical and real-life measurements seem to show the same thing. While gaming, both cards range at around 220W.

So, power consumption results tell us that these two cards will perform very similarly in the thermal aspect. Naturally, for a fair comparison, we need to have a look at the same brand and model. No point to compare the reference designs.

In this case, we will take Gigabyte’s Gaming OC model as it is available both for the RTX 3070 and RX 6700 XT.

During extended heavy loads, both of the cards averaged at around 70°Cwith the fans stabilizing at around 1800 RPM.

If you want a silent running PC, you can go with either of these GPUs since they are mostly identical in terms of noise and temperature.

Overclocking

Based on various professional and user reviews, the RTX 3000 and RX 6000 series GPUs are not exactly an overclocker’s dream. Even when pushing the power limits and the clock speeds to the maximum, the gains in-game are no more than 10%.

Specifically, the RTX 3070 seems to gain about 8% FPS in certain games with an OC to 1805 MHz while the RX 6700XT only about 6% FPS with an OC to 2.75 GHz.

These results are based on the reference design and Founders Edition, so if you have an AIB card, your mileage may vary.

Price

NVIDIA GPU

The final decider for buying PC hardware is always the price. Unfortunately, in this case, the pricing of these cards is also quite similar, so it doesn’t really make things any easier.

The MSRP of the RX 6700 XT is $479 while the RTX 3070 is priced at $500. Twenty US dollars difference is not a whole lot, so it is up to you to decide whether those few frames more on the RTX 3070 are worth the extra money.

Additionally, consider the RTX 3070’s ability to utilize DLSS and its handling of ray-traced graphics.

Of course, we can’t talk about GPU pricing without considering the GPU market in 2020 and 2021. At the time of writing, the prices for any graphics card are doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled. So, making a comparison with MSRP is not exactly viable.

Which One Should You Get?

Even after this much information, figuring out which GPU you should go for is going to prove difficult. Both cards are almost identical in terms of performance with the RTX 3070 taking only a small lead.

You can’t go wrong with either of these two choices. But, considering the current GPU prices, you should go for what you can find closest to MSRP. If you find an RX 6700 XT that is considerably cheaper than the RTX 3070, you should definitely go down the AMD path. And, vice-versa.

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